Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Up and Coming: Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Release Date: January 28, 2014

For most of her 17 years, the entirety of Emma's family was her mother. Then her mother found Dan and suddenly it looked like their family would expand from two to four. She was looking at baby furniture and thinking about names for her new brother. But, all of that ended in an instant when her mother suffered a stroke during the pregnancy.

In one instant, everything changed. Her mother is brain-dead, unable to even support a heart beat without the help of machines. But, because of the decision her stepfather makes to keep her mother on life support for as long as possible in order to have a chance at keeping the unborn baby alive, she still goes to see her mother every day. This is not something anyone prepared her for and Emma is furious that she was not consulted when this decision was made.

That anger spreads from her feelings to Dan, to her feelings towards high school and threatens to consume every untouched area of her life. But, there is one boy who looks at her with eyes that seem to understand what she's going through. Will Caleb, the boy who everyone sees as a car thief and a burnout might prove to be the only person who can pull Emma back from the rage that's taken over her life?

This is a novel that looks at the consequences of what modern science can do. It will make you think about what you might do when asked to make a split second decision. There are no black and white answers in Elizabeth Scott's latest and it will leave you feeling for each of her characters.

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